Cosplay Tips – Expanding Foam


Photography by George Wong

Vanille Cosplay by DanniTee

This is basic a tutorial on how to use expanding foam on props for those new to prop making or those who want to try out a new medium. Expanding foam is basically foam in a can. It is sprayed out and expands like its name suggests. A can of expanding foam is a very handy material to keep around for cosplayer just as handy as the hot glue gun.

For props that are more curved like such as Vanille’s weapon from Final Fantasy XIII and Soge King’s sling shot from One Piece it is best to use expanding foam for the main part. Expanding foam can be easily cut and carved to the desired shape with a simple cutting knife.

When you decide to use expanding foam as the main medium for your prop the first thing you need to do is draw and cut out your design on to a flat light weighted material such as foam board, corflute, thick cardboard [though thick card board may be difficult to cut normally].

TIP: Draw your design slightly thinner than what is desired. The expanding foam will add to this and make it larger.560867_10151155435742405_997300465_n


Once your piece is cut out, lay out some newspaper and spray the expanding foam over the design. Cover as much as you can but remember the foam will expand 3 times its original size. Only work on one side at a time. Don’t forget to wear gloves. Expanding foam is difficult to remove off skin if you do not act quickly.

TIP: Keep a bottle of nail polish remover nearby just in case you get some expanding foam on your skin. Nail polish remover will help remove expanding foam if you act quickly.



It will take a couple of hours for it to harden but it is best to leave it over night. Once it is completely dried flip it over and spray the other side.

TIP: Lightly spray water over the whole thing. This will make the expanding foam harden faster. It will also give it a smoother surface than usual.

Once both sides have hardened use a utility knife and carve the bumps away for the desired shape. See below for a before and after shot.



TIP: If you are carving and suddenly see that inside is still gooey and honey-like stop immediately and let the foam completely dry. If you continue to pull away at the piece it will create massive holes.

You will notice that there are small holes all over the foam. If you want to cover these holes for a smooth finish, use another medium such as paper mache or paper clay and completely cover the whole piece. Both paper mache and paper clay can be smoothed out with sanding paper for an even more smooth finish. Once that is done, feel free to paint it over with acrylics, spray paint etc.



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Weekly Fan Art Feature #20 – Assassin’s Creed, Grandia, Final Fantasy and Kuroshitsuji

Our 1st feature for the week comes from Elnawen who is from France. Their work below is titled “Assassins”  and comes from the game Assassin’s Creed. This is a work was digitally created using Photoshop and a Tablet Wacom Intuos 3. Visit Elnawen’s deviantart page for more works.

Assassin’s Creed – Assassins

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Next up we have ShamanHyljys from Finland. The first image is of Feena from Grandia and is done entirely on computer with Paint Tool Sai. The second work is of Firion from the game Final Fantasy Dissidia, done with pencil and copics. Visit their deviantart page for more works.

Grandia – Feena

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Fantasy Dissidia – Firion

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Last up we have uchihaxkonoha15 from the USA. Their works below are digitally coloured frames from the Kuroshitsuji manga using Paint tool SAI with works featuring Ciel Phantomhive. Visit their page for more Kuroshitsuji works.

Kuroshitsuji – Ciel Phantomhive


Kuroshitsuji – Ciel Phantomhive

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To have the chance for your works to be featured here please email us at miccostumesfanart [@] with the following:
Your Name
Website [if desired]
Medium of work i.e. Pencil, Paint, Photoshop etc.
A maximum of 2 works attached in the email
The name of the anime/manga/video game it is from

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Daily Cosplay – Final Fantasy II Princess Hilda Cosplay

Final Fantasy II Princess Hilda Cosplay

If you are fond of fantastic cosplay works, you must fall in love with what Lady-Liliana uploaded to her gallery on Irresistible elegance and femininity are detected from her cosplay. To be sexy and cool seems like becoming so easy for this Canadian girl. She is absolutely a fan for cosplay, who has specially strong favor for Final Fantasy. This is her Final Fantasy II Princess Hilda cosplay. As charming as any other cosplay shown in her gallery, this picture is taken by the amazing photographer DROO. Lady-Liliana did a vivid Hilda cosplay here, right? Both costumes and props greatly enrich her powerful allure. To know more about this cosplay talent, don’t be hesitant to pay a visit to her site now.

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Cosplay Talent Alouette Cosplay – Sponsored with Final Fantasy VIII Rinoa Heartilly Cosplay Costume

Rinoa Heartilly Cosplay
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Rinoa Heartilly Cosplay_1

Another cosplay talent sponsored by us shares us her pictures here, with the Final Fantasy VIII Rinoa Heartilly Cosplay Costume offered by us worn. She is Alouette Cosplay, who is widely known as Eva-No-Jutsu on I feel fascinated with most of her Rinoa Heartilly cosplay pictures and do think she seems rather charming with this blue-and-black costume. So, how about you? Visit her Facebook or DA to see more photos.

Final Fantasy VIII Rinoa Heartilly Cosplay Costume
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This Rinoa Heartilly Costume is made from deluxe cotton. Except really desirable comfort level, it’s faithful to the game because of being elaborately designed and sewn by professionals. It includes a jacket, pants, apron, belt, detachable sleeve and armband. Except being available on size S, M, L and XL, it can be also customized. We will ship it out in 48hrs.

Sponsored Cosplayer Recruitment!!!

Any cosplay fan is welcomed to apply for being sponsored by us. Just download this form and fill it in. Email required information to, with a title of “Cosplayer Sponsor Application”. Once you are qualified, you will get a reply from us ASAP, with rules you should obey told. We promise your private information won’t be divulged and we will check each form received carefully. But since there are many cosplay talents applying for being sponsored, not everybody can get a sponsorship from us. We will be deeply grateful for your support and understanding :P.

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Daily Cosplay – Final Fantasy Oerba Dia Vanille Cosplay

Final Fantasy Oerba Dia Vanille Cosplay

Oerba Dia Vanille cosplay is nothing strange for cosplay fans. We also introduced you a Vanille cosplay girl more than two months ago. But today, I’m attracted too, by the Final Fantasy Oerba Dia Vanille cosplay picture shared by Lelental. She is an American girl, feeling interested with modeling, photography and video games. She has a special favor for the cartoon character – Helga from Hey Arnold. Focus on her Vanille cosplay. It’s believed she made a wise decision on choosing the character to be imitated, because she does seem appealing with this costume and blond hair :P. Her appearance is faithful to the game. Expressions in her eyes especially feel charming. Do you also think so?

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